Definitions of Machiavellian
- (adjective) The use of amoral, cunning, deceitful, scheming, or unscrupulous methods, particularly in one’s career or politics.
- (adjective) Of or relating to Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) or Machiavellianism.
Examples of Machiavellian
- An individual spreads rumors about another individual to get them fired from a job.
- A politician lies about an opponent in order to win an election.
- American English – /mak-ee-uh-vEl-ee-uhn/
- British English – /mak-iuh-vE-liuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌmɑkiəˈvɛliən/
- British English – /ˌmækɪəˈvɛlɪən/
- From Il Principe (Italian for “The Prince”), written by Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) in the 1500s. Machiavelli encouraged the notion that the “end justifies the means” for rulers.
- Variant spelling: Machiavelian
- A (noun) Machiavellian or (noun) Machiavellist advocates for (noun) Machiavellianism.
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “machiavellian.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 3, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
machiavellian. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “machiavellian.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 3, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“machiavellian.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 3 Oct. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/>.